There never seems to be a good time to upgrade your computer, but when this hits shelves you will be more future proof than most...
Dell has announced exciting upgrades to its flagship 'Precision M6500' line, namely Intel dual core i5 or i7 processors and the option of a USB 3.0 port. The choice of processors is less interesting since this workstation-class model already offers an Intel Core i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme Edition, so their introduction actually slows it down/saves money. Not often you can say that about i5 and i7 CPUs.
Instead, what is far more interesting is the option of fitting a single USB 3.0 to replace one of the four USB 2.0 ports already available. The M6500 is the first Dell laptop to offer this and, given its power user audience combined with the potential 10x performance boost of USB 3.0 over its predecessor, and you'd have to say it should prove a popular option. Sadly, Dell has yet to reveal just how much the upgrade will set us back.
Elsewhere a higher res 3.2MP integrated webcam can also now be chosen, while a 64GB SSD 'mini card' will be available too. If the latter is based on the new ultra portable solid state drive universal format that would also be an industry first. Other niceties include a 17in RGB LED display and thorough choice of Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Red Hat Linux OSes.
Touchdown for the revised Precision M6500 is claimed to be late February and if it proves too rich for your blood bear this exciting prospect in mind: other manufacturers can't be far behind...
via Notebook Italia (translated)